Part of the education process is addressing the potential worker safety issues and making sure they understand that phase of the job. Are they handling chemicals? Then they must be taught about safe chemical handling and proper use of personal protective equipment. This needs to be documented. If a worker is injured on the job as a result of a chemical, the company will be liable for the injuries. If there is no record that the person was properly trained, then the company can be deemed negligent and may pay penalties.
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It is imperative that training materials be applicable to the job and the plant. Utilize group exercises, take pictures of operations in the facility so it is more germane to the tasks at hand, and encourage participation. Make the learning enjoyable. Many workers look at training as a pleasant break from their day-to-day job, so consider this aspect in developing and scheduling educational programs.
Another potential benefit of such programs is they may help a company keep its workers. With reduced turnover, a company has a stronger and more knowledgeable workforce and educational costs may be reduced since it takes more time and effort to work with a new employee.
If you’re already doing some or all of these, I say “Bravo!” If not, there’s no time like the present to get started. Good luck in 2019!